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Monday, 07 May 2012 - 10:40
Lawyers say 9/11 hearing protected by 'veil of secrecy'
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Defence lawyers for five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks have challenged the fairness of the military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

The defendants, who include the alleged mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, were formally charged with murder and other offences on Saturday.

None of the defendants has yet entered a formal plea, and during the hearing they mostly remained silent.

The men's lawyers say the court is censoring evidence of torture.

At a joint news conference they complained of what they called "assembly line justice" protected by a "veil of secrecy".

The tribunal will reconvene next month, but several defence lawyers expressed doubts as whether the case would ever come to full trial.

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